Sports / IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: 4 teams in race for the final berth

India Today : May 03, 2019, 12:39 PM

Mumbai Indians on Thursday became the third team to qualify for the Indian Premier League 2019 playoffs after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling Super Over eliminator at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

It was only the second Super Over played in the tournament this season after the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders contest in April.

Mumbai Indians won the toss and posted 162 for 5 on the board with Quinton de Kock remaining unbeaten on 69 off 58 balls. Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers with 3 wickets for 42 runs.

In reply, the Sunrisers rode on a superb 71 not out from Manish Pandey to level the score in 20 overs, losing 6 wickets in the process. For MI, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal and Hardik Pandya bagged two wickets each.

Mumbai Indians then executed their plans wonderfully well in the Super Over as Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 8 runs in four balls after Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi, who had played a cameo in Sunrisers' chase, walked out to bat in the Super Over.

Rohit Sharma sent in-form Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to gun down 9 runs in the Super Over and the big-hitting duo got past the finish line in just 3 balls. Hardik hit a six off Rashid Khan's first ball and Pollard kept his cool to knock a double in the third ball.

Mumbai Indians climbed to the second spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 points table. Rohit's men now have 16 points from 13 matches and have a better Net Run Rate than third-placed Delhi Capitals, who along with Chennai Super Kings are in the playoffs as well.

There is still one spot remaining in the playoffs for which the remaining four teams will be fighting for. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already been knocked out so they are out of the race. SRH are in the best position to qualify as the final team.Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: SRH need to win their final match.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Need to win both their remaining matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. MI qualifying for the playoffs will help KKR's cause as well.

Kings XI Punjab: They need to win both their remaining matches against. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in their final two games.

Rajasthan Royals: For them to qualify, they need to win their last game against Delhi Capitals and then hope that SRH lose their remaining two games and KKR and KXIP win just one of their final two games.

Most points possible:

20-CSK

18-DC, MI

16-SRH

14-KKR, KXIP

13-RR